Hosted by filmmaker Jay Craven

Wetware is set in a near future where there are tough and tedious jobs no one wants to do — and people down on their luck who volunteer for genetic modifications to gain the focus, stamina, and synthesized sense of well-being that makes them right for this work. With business booming, programmers at Galapagos Wetware up the stakes by producing high-end prototypes, Jack and Kay, for more sensitive jobs like space travel, deep cover espionage or boots on the ground for climate or resource conflicts.

Galapagos genetic programmer Hal Briggs is sharp and creative but impetuous — a socially awkward romantic in a transactional world. He improvises as he goes on what qualities to include or delete in his gene splicing for Jack and, especially, Kay, to whom he develops a dangerous attachment.

Then word gets out that Jack and Kay have escaped, before Briggs has completed his work. Where have they gone and what do they know? Briggs scrambles to track his fugitive prototypes and, as he reexamines Jack and Kay’s codes, he makes a provocative discovery that will change everything.

Wetware’s cast includes Morgan Wolk (The Affair), Jerry O’Connell (Stand By Me, Jerry McGuire), Cameron Scoggins (The Deuce), Nicole Shalhoub (Madame Secretary), and Aurélia Thiérrée  (Aurelia’s Oratorio). Music was composed by Craven’s 25-year collaborators Judy Hyman and Jeff Claus, of the Ithaca-based Horse Flies.

A “Wetware” film trailer is available for viewing at

[FRAMED] is a presentation by Next Stage Arts Project. Conceived in collaboration with former Tribeca Film Festival director Nancy Schafer, the series features feature length documentary films, each presented by the filmmaker or star in an intimate setting at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, in Putney, Vermont.


  • Occurred Thursday, June 27th, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm


Next Stage

15 KImball Hill
Putney, VT 05346